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After an Arapahoe County jury convicted an Aurora man of his fourth DUI, the judge in the case ordered him held without bond pending sentencing because of the risk he poses to the community.

A jury deliberated less than an hour Tuesday before finding Leonard Roybal, 57, guilty of driving under the influence with three prior convictions, a Class 4 felony. Colorado’s felony DUI law went into effect in August 2015.

Roybal was arrested about 9 p.m. on Oct. 8, 2015, after an accident call from East Mississippi Avenue and South Chambers Road in Aurora.

Officers suspected Roybal was driving drunk, and subsequent tests determined his blood-alcohol level was 0.263. He had previous convictions for DUI in Rio Grande, Adams and La Plata counties.

“This is the type of case that highlights the need for the felony DUI law,” said District Attorney George H. Brauchler. “Some people refuse rehabilitation and insist on driving drunk and endangering others. Kudos to Judge Phillip Douglass for recognizing the risk and keeping this defendant locked up.”

The charge carries a presumptive range of 2 to 6 years in the Department of Corrections. Roybal will be sentenced July 14.


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